Strains and pedestrian accidents

On Behalf of | Mar 20, 2024 | Personal Injury |

Pedestrian accidents can result in various types of injuries, including strains and sprains. These injuries are common and can occur when a pedestrian becomes hit by a vehicle, falls or twists their body in an unnatural way during an accident.

Pedestrians and drivers should review information on these injuries and focus on road safety.

Strains and sprains

Pedestrian strains and sprains typically occur when the muscles, tendons or ligaments in the body become stretched or torn due to sudden impact or movement. Common causes of these injuries in pedestrian accidents include accidents involving vehicles, falling onto a hard surface and twisting or overextending a body part during the accident.

The symptoms of pedestrian strains and sprains can vary depending on the severity of the injury. Common symptoms include pain and tenderness in the affected area, a limited range of motion and difficulty bearing weight on the injured limb. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that throughout 2021, over 60,000 people suffered injuries in pedestrian accidents.

Treating injuries

Proper treatment of pedestrian strains and sprains is necessary for recovery and preventing further complications. Avoid putting weight on the injured limb and allow it to rest to prevent further damage. Apply an ice pack to the affected area for 15-20 minutes every few hours to reduce swelling and pain. Use a compression bandage to support the injured limb and reduce swelling. Elevate the injured limb above heart level to reduce swelling and promote circulation.

Remember to seek medical attention if you experience severe pain, swelling or inability to bear weight on the injured limb. Stay safe and be cautious while walking near traffic to avoid pedestrian accidents and injuries.